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Last updated 2016Dec12
The course meets on MWF from 1011am in Crow 206. Class will start on Monday, August 29.
Instructor: 
Willem
Dickhoff Office: Compton 371; Phone: 54169; Email: wimd@wuphys.wustl.edu Office hours: Wednesday 23:30 and by appointment 
TA:  Kamal Pangeni Office: Compton 375 ; Email: kamalpangeni@go.wustl.edu Office hours: Thursday 13 in Crow 305 and by appointment 
Course Textbooks:  Introduction to Quantum Mechanics:
Fundamentals (Pearson Prentice Hall;
2nd edition) (2004) by Griffiths. We will cover a substantial fraction of the material in this book during the semester. Note that some material will be from other texts listed below. 
Other useful books:  Additional books that you should consult once in a while in
the library are: Messiah Bransden & Joachain CohenTannoudji et al. Vols. 1 and 2 Merzbacher Feynman (Lectures Vol. 3) Pauli (Lectures Vol. 5) Landau & Lifshitz Baym Dirac Sakurai and Napolitano (all are on reserve in the physics library) 
The course is defined by the material discussed in the lectures and reviewed in the problem sets. A preliminary schedule is given below with references to the Griffiths' and other books. The list includes the covered material, the subject, date of class, and the homework schedule.
Lecture  Subject material  meeting date  Hwk  
#1  Review classical Hamiltonian  Reminder of wave mechanics and classical mechanics  8/29/2016  
#2  Ch. 1.1
Sakurai 
SternGerlach analysis  8/31/2016  
#3  Ch. 1.2 Sakurai Ch. 3.6 Griffiths 
Hilbert space; Dirac notation  9/2/2016  Problem Set 1 
Labor day  no class  9/5/2016  
#4  Ch. 1.3 Sakurai 
Basis states and representations 
9/7/2016  
#5  Ch. 1.4 Sakurai Ch. 4.4 Griffiths 
Application to spin1/2  9/9/2016  Homework due Set 1 Problem Set 2 
#6  Ch. 1.4 Sakurai Ch. 3.4 Griffiths 
Measurement postulates 
9/12/2016  
#7  Ch. 1.5 Sakurai  Relevant linear algebra  9/14/2016  
#8  Ch.
1.5 Sakurai 
Commuting observables  9/16/2016  Homework
due Set 2 Problem Set 3 
#9  Ch.
1.6 Sakurai Ch. 1.7 Sakurai 
Wave functions Connection with wave mechanics 
9/19/2016  
#10  Ch. 1.7 Sakurai  Coordinate space representation  9/21/2016  
#11  Ch. 4.1 Griffiths Ch. 2.1 Griffiths Ch. 4.4.2 Griffiths 
Hamitonian; Quantization; Schroedinger eq. Stationary states Spin1/2 and timedependent problems 
9/23/2016  Homework
due Set 3 Problem Set 4 
#12  Ch. 3.5 Griffiths  Uncertainty relations; spins  9/26/2016  
#13  Ch. 3.5 Griffiths Ch. 4.3 Griffiths 
Uncertainty relations Angular momentum algebra 
9/28/2016  
#14  Ch. 4.3 Griffiths  Spectrum and eigenstates of angular momentum  9/30/2016  Homework
due Set
4 Problem Set 5 
#15  Ch. 4.4 Griffiths  Spin1/2 and spinors  10/3/2016  
#16  Ch. 4.3 Griffiths  Orbital angular momentum and spherical harmonics  10/5/2016  
#17  Ch. 4.1 Griffiths  Continued; preparation for problems with spherical symmetry; Schroedinger eq. 3D  10/7/2016  Homework
due Set 5 Problem Set 6 
#18  Ch. 4.2 Griffiths  Hydrogen atom; radial momentum operator and split of kinetic energy  10/10/2016  
#19  Ch. 4.2 Griffiths 
Hydrogen spectrum and radial wave functions by factorization  10/12/2016  
#20  Hydrogen and (e,2e) experiment  10/14/2016  Homework
due Set 6 Slides Problem Set 7 (Bonus set) 

Fall break 
no class  10/17/2016  
#21  Review 
10/19/2016  
#22  Midterm  911 or 1012 in Compton 241  10/21/2016  
#23  
Discretization method  10/24/2016 

#24  Ch. 5.2 Griffiths  Atoms  10/26/2016  Slides 
#25  Ch. 5.1
Griffiths 
Identical particles  10/28/2016  Homework
due Set 7 Numerical project 
#26  Ch. 4.4.3 Griffiths  Angular momentum addition  10/31/2016  
#27  Ch. 2.3 Griffiths  1D & 3D Harmonic oscillator  11/2/2016  
#28  Ch. 2.3 Griffiths  3D Oscillator and orbital angular momentum  11/4/2016  Problem
Set 8 
#29  
Nuclei and spinorbit coupling  11/7/2016  Slides 
#30  Ch. 6.1 Griffiths  Perturbation theory  11/9/2016  
#31  Ch. 6.1 and 7.2 Griffiths  Examples  11/11/2016  Homework
due Set 8 Problem Set 9 
#32  Ch. 6.23 Griffiths 
Degenerate perturbation theory  11/14/2016 

#33  Ch. 4.2 Sakurai 
Discrete symmetries: Parity  11/16/2016  
#34  Ch. 4.2 Sakurai 
continued  11/18/2016  Homework
due Set 9 Problem Set 10 
#35  Ch. 3.10 Sakurai 
Bell's inequality  11/21/2016  Numerical
project due 
Thanksgiving break  no class  11/23/2016  
Thanksgiving break  no class  11/25/2016  
#36  Ch. 3.10 Sakurai 
Bell continued  11/28/2016  
#37  Ch. 4.4 Sakurai 
Time reversal  11/30/2016  PRL_Sakai 
#38  Ch. 4.4 Sakurai 
Time reversal  12/2/2016  Solution
to #29 For #28: see Sakurai Ch.7.4 Homework due Set 10 Final due date numerical work Problem Set 11 
#39  Ch. 4.4 Sakurai  Time reversal continued  12/5/2016  
#40  C P T invariance  12/7/2016  
#41  BoseEinstein condensation  12/9/2016  Homework due Set 11  
Review in Crow 305 
1011 am  12/14/2016  
FINAL
in Compton 241 
10:30AM  12:30PM  12/19/2016 
FORMAT OF COURSE:
COURSE GRADE:
 Three meetings per week in Crow 206
 Try to read appropriate material for each class (either review or preparatory).
 Class participation and presence is beneficial.
 Homework assignment approximately every week to be turned in a week later at the beginning of class. Homework to be graded and returned a week later.
 Most likely 12 homework sets for a total of ~30% of course grade
 Midterm exam for a total of ~30%
 Final exam for a total of ~30%
 Numerical work for a total of ~10%
Homework:  Students are encouraged to form study groups and discuss the homework with each other, but each student must write his or her own solutions. You may be asked to discuss solution strategies of homework problems during class. 
Homework solutions  Solution 
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